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Allahabad: Fire Breaks Out At Kumbh Mela After Cylinder Blast, CM Yogi Adityanath Orders Inspection

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| January 14 , 2019 , 17:24 IST

Ahead of Kumbh Mela, a fire broke out in the on Monday, which resulted in destroying a large part of the tented area, officials said.

According to media reports, the fire erupted in Sector 13 of the sprawling Kumbh complex due to an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder at the 'Digambar Akhada' camp.

Speaking to media Superintendent of Police Sangam Purnendu Singh said, "It was a minor fire and no casualties have been reported so far. The fire was caused by an accidental cylinder explosion," Triloki Ram, Deputy Director at the Media Centre."

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But thick black plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the sky. Although there was no loss of life, it did cause panic among Hindu devotees gathered here from across the country.

Five fire tenders put out the blaze. Police personnel and soldiers have been deployed to ensure the safety of pilgrims.

After the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the fire department and officials in charge of the event to inspect all the camps.

A government spokesman said Adityanath also directed the fire department to take all steps to ensure there was no repeat of Monday's episode.

The Chief Minister has asked the Mela administration to provide compensation for the gutted tents and other items.

The Kumbh Mela 2019 starts on Tuesday. The mega religious, spiritual and cultural congregation attracts millions to the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna rivers and the mystical Saraswati.

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